This police car was one of many military and police classic cars and motorcycles on display. Photos by Daniel Curtin
By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Hundreds came out on Sunday, June 24, to enjoy the sunny weather and admire a variety of different antique automobiles and classic motorcycles at the Medfield on the Charles Auto Show.
The event gave owners not only the opportunity showcase their vehicles, but to share the personal stories and histories that make their cars, motorcycles, or trucks remarkable.
Richard DeVincent of Waltham was at the car show with his bright red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, complete with lucky dice hanging from the rearview mirror. DeVincent tries to go to six to ten car shows every year, and clearly remembers getting his Chevrolet about 12 years ago.
“My son and two daughters found the car and gave it to me for my 60th birthday. What a big surprise [it was],” DeVincent said. “The old cars, they’re not going away. There’s something for everyone.”
The event was hosted on the grounds of the Medfield State Hospital. The types of automobiles ranged from a 1911 Ford Model T to a 1934 Chevrolet Master with blue flames, and every kind of vehicle in between.
Tim Wider, the owner of several motorcycles and a 1933 Plymouth police car on display at the show, has been collecting classic and antique vehicles for about 35 years. One of his bikes was a green 1943 Army Scout that was in Europe during the WWII. Wider appreciates how the different antique cars and motorcycles allow people to connect with the past.
“Riding the old stuff, it actually [feels] like you’ve lived longer,” Wider said. “You’re driving stuff that your grandparents drove - or even your great grandparents - so that makes it enjoyable.”
The event’s featured vehicles this year were cars with 1958 and 1968 model years. There were cash prizes and 110 trophies awarded in a variety of different categories.
Skip Dunham has been collecting cars for about 45 years and had his 1930 Ford Town Sedan on display. Dunham likes the social aspect that going to car shows provides.
“It’s a great hobby and you meet an awful lot of nice people. All kinds of people and all kinds of cars,” Dunham said.
Judges evaluated the vehicles based on the car’s exterior, glass and mirrors, tires, rims, engine, interior and seats. Jeff Hyman, who was one of the judges at the car show, was glad so many were able to come out and enjoy the day.
“It’s a beautiful day with hundred of people having a good time here in Medfield,” Hyman summed up.